Hoverboard inventor Catalin Alexandru has set a record for a 375-metre flight on his creation, which was inspired by the movie Back to the Future II. In the 1989 classic, Marty McFly (a young Michael J. Fox) uses an airborne skateboard named a hoverboard.
Duru reached a height of five metres before landing in Quebec’s Lake Ouareau, but the inventor said it could reach “scary heights”.
“The prototype can be used anywhere but is usually tested over water because of how dangerously high it can fly (which is ironic considering that the movie joked that it can’t),” Duru said.
Whereas the movie version is powered by electromagnets, Duru’s vehicle has a propeller that helps lift it into the air.
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